When it's too hot to brew I make up a batch of soda. Lately on my days off, the last thing I want to do is stand in the blistering hot sun for a whole brew session. My kegs go empty and I grow thirsty, this soda pop recipe is my quick fit.
When you are retired, or even semi-retired, then you too can brew beer on a Monday. Today Rich and Old Jim are brewing up a Mild to bring to Sunfest. its going well so far, a tribute to our self control in terms of drinking while brewing. The wort is boiling now, with the first hop addition in and the timer counting. Old Jim is BBQing some nice sausages from Whole Foods and we'll be enjoying those along with some nice side dishes. We're going to be drinking Bear Republic Tribute Brown Ale with lunch. I'll post the recipe later, after the facts are in. And lucky us, Mrs. S.
It's election time coming up soon for the Maltose Falcons Board!!! Those of you who would like to serve are encouraged to start thinking about either being on the Board. Or nominating one of your fellow Falcons who you think would do a great job. Elections will be in September, so you have time to consider what position would suit you best or as I said before, another Falcon who you think could do a great job in any of the positions. Start thinking now Falcons!!!
When My wife goes grocery shopping, she always checks that spot in the back where the market sticks its day-old stuff and close-outs. Twice now, I've gone with her to an Albertson's with a good beer selection and found buried treasure back in that hiding place. Once before, it was a couple of bombers of Sierra Nevada Torpedo. Today, it was two 6-packs of Stone Ruination IPA for half off. As far as I can tell, they were back there just to make room in the cooler for something else.
It appears that the relaunch of Angel City is beginning under the new ownership who bought the brewery from longtime Falcon and brewery founder Michael Bowe. The first batch of beer is a Belgian White Beer temporarily called "Test Beer B" and is on tap at a few places around downtown.
Brewing beer with friends is about as good as it gets!
Today I'm brewing a cream ale with my friends Jim and Jimmy Alden. We're using 20% Quaker Quick Grits in the recipe.
Other than a mistake and scorching the grits the first time (another trip to S&F for another bag of grits fixed that), things are rolling along nicely. Big Jim is manning the BBQ and we'll soon be eating brats and saurkraut. Won't want to be around us after lunch!
Michael Izbicki's Dubbel came close to the bird with his Dubbel, placing as the First Runner-up. Mike takes the monk thing seriously running a group at UC Riverside called "Food Not Bombs" to make free lunches for students. See the notes for more information
Hello my felllow brewers. Wow is all I've got to say about this year's Mayfaire Festival. What a lot of fun! Since I had to drive home, I stopped drinking early and started shooting video and still photos. I combined some photos and video to make a fun video of our time together. I hope you enjoy it. I uploaded to youtube.com and made a link as follows:
Just when I think that a Falcon Fest that I have attended could not be topped.... BOOM! Mayfaire 2012 arrives and I realize that each event just gets better and better. And no, it is not the fine homebrew talking, as I have had time to come down from that, do all the wonderful “back home, must do laundry, must clean camp kit” and decided that I needed to write this down immediately.
For years I have used wood chips and cubes soaked in random sprits and wines. I finally broke down and bought a barrel that I could fill on my own from Woodinville, a nice little 8 gallon Bourbon Whiskey Barrels that just got dumped. I spent the day making a nice stand to place it on top of a cart to move it around.
Anyways, I waited a few weeks to get mine but I just noticed that both Bourbon and Rye 8g Barrels are available again.
Want to make your own beer at home? Get started on the right foot. Check out the Falcon's sponsoring shop, The Home Beer, Wine, Cheesemaking Shop. John Daume, proprietor, has been serving the home brewing and winemaking needs of Angelenos since 1972, over 30 years! (Falcon Members receive a 10% discount on supplies)